Jeremiah (Program #22) – The Spiritual Sequence in the Bible and in Jeremiah
The Bible presents God’s work and God’s plan in a marvelous sequence. If we see the spiritual significance, we can see that right after creating man, God presents Himself to man as man’s source, only to be rejected by the very man that He had created. But what seems to be the end of God’s plan is really just the beginning. As God deals with the sins that besets mankind by coming Himself to be man’s righteousness and his life and ultimately to gain man fully for Himself as His enlargement and expression. This is the sequence of the whole Bible. And that sequence is closely parallel by the account of the prophet Jeremiah. The sequence of the divine revelation in the Bible and the same sequences as found in Jeremiah is our topic on today’s life study.
The prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament was raised up by the Lord during a particularly difficult time in Israel’s history. During the forty one years during Jeremiah’s ministry, Israel was carried away into exile at least three times. Certainly, this negative history is an important part of the book of Jeremiah but there also is a marvelous aspect to this book as it unveils the restoration of Israel as well as God’s tenderheartedness and righteousness in His care for His chosen people even in the midst of their frequent rebellion. And of course, as it’s always the case in this life study of the Bible, we will see Christ revealed in the context of His divine economy today and throughout this new life study of Jeremiah.
Isaiah (Program #34) – The King Reigning in the Tent of David, the Eternal Rock, a Savior
“Then will a throne be established in loving kindness and upon it One will sit in truth in the tent of David, judging and pursuing justice and hastening righteousness.” Surely there was a king ruling from the throne in the tent of David in Old Testament time. Interestingly, the tent of David with its kingly throne reappears in the coming kingdom age. But does the tent of David have to do with us today?
Isaiah (Program #10) – The Judgment of Jehovah Upon the Nations and Its Issue (1)
When God’s people give in to temptation, sin and corruption, God in His righteousness surely must judge and discipline. Of course, as Christians He also has a way to forgive us and lead us back into His loving presence. But ultimately the solution for our continuous failures lies not in renew commitment and more earnest and sincere effort. Rather we need to be fired, terminated and eventually replaced. We all desperately need to see that God’s solution for us is to be replaced. Don’t miss this extraordinary life study of the Bible.
Job (Program #11) – The Third of the Three Rounds (4) – Job’s Final Speaking (2)
Job chapter 29 brings us to a scene that most of us can relate very well to. At this point in the book, Job is once again pouring out to his friends concerning the terrible sufferings that God had visited upon him. And in this discourse, he was reliving many of the fond recollections of the glories of his past experience. How often do we dwell in the past when we are languishing in the depths of our present despair? But Job was also drawing upon his past successes in order to build a defense so that he could plead his case before God. A case that was totally built upon his own righteousness.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #3) – The Reign of Solomon (2)
We all remember the inspiring story of King Solomon in the Old Testament. As the new king over Israel the Lord agrees to grant him one request. Solomon touches the Lord’s heart by asking for wisdom in order that he could rule over Israel in a just manner. For centuries, men have admired Solomon and long to be like him and have the wisdom that God blessed him with. Surely his wisdom was great, but consider for a moment: how it compares to the wisdom that is our blessing as God’s New Testament called ones. In 1 Corinthians 1:24, Paul writes “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” and in verse 30, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”
Deuteronomy (Program #15) – A Word Concerning Division and Apostasy
Deuteronomy includes a lengthy portion where God through Moses is instituting His divine government among His people Israel. Divine government means government by God and according to what God is. This is call theocracy, it is neither democracy a government according to the opinions of the people nor it is autocracy which is government by a dictator or monarchy. Many people may be apprehensive about this term because through out history it is often misapplied but according to the Old Testament picture there is a genuine theocracy may be not among earthly nations but certainly among God’s people. A theocracy that reflects the person of God, the God of love and of righteousness and holiness and absolute fairness and justice. So, in the coming few programs we want to keep this view of God, the God who knows man and man’s condition and what man’s need to be preserved for His eternal purpose.
In a very real sense the first few verses of second Peter encapsulate much of how God will accomplished His eternal plan or economy. Beginning with the gift of faith, we have God’s righteousness, the righteousness of Christ, grace and peace being multiplied in the full knowledge of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Then the divine power operating in the believers in conjunction with their co-operation leading to their escape from lust. Then God’s own glory and virtues and our being called through them and to them. Further we have God’s precious and exceedingly great promises, all of which lead us to become partakers of His divine nature resulting ultimately in our transformation in full salvation. What a tremendous beginning to this short but thoroughly crucial portion of the holy word.
Leviticus (Program #34) – The Holy Living of the Holy People — Putting Off the Old Life and Putting On the New
A wonderful passage familiar to many Christians in the New Testament is found in Ephesians 4 “This therefore I say and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk in the vanity of their mind. That you put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of the deceit. And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind. And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.” This marvelous passage in the new testament inspires us all but have you ever thought the Old Testament passage that parallels this one. Well, in fact there is such a passage and it is found surprisingly in the book of Leviticus. We want to explore these two parallel passages one from the Old Testament and one from the New today.